Monday, September 20, 2010

Toddler Time: Toddler-Friendly Crayon Tutorial

My local library has these awesome disc crayons at one of their play stations, and I just love them.
1. They're a mix of colors, so they make cool pictures
2. They're easy to grip
3. They don't break into teeny tiny pieces as easily if you step on them in the dark

So we made some. School supplies are on sale, so the entire project cost 50 cents! I used about 30 crayons for 6 discs. Or use up all those bits of crayons from the ones you stepped on in the dark!

First you need to peel the wrappers. I used a craft knife to slice a line down the wrapper. About half came out easily this way. If I had thought of it I would have popped the crayons into my freezer to help loosen the wax from the wrappers.

Then I broke them up into colors families. Connected Son has his own muffin tin for his kitchen, so we used it. I would probably use a nonstick pan or muffin cups if you don't have a play tin, because it will leave some wax on non-coated pans.

Bake for about 25 minutes at your oven's lowest setting. My midwife made some this summer by leaving the pan in her car!

Let cool and pop into freezer for 30 minutes. They'll pop right out with a little help from a butter knife.

Connected Son was awed when he saw his. He absolutely loves them.


Annie said... [Reply to comment]

I did this last year around christmas time and gave it to my toddler niece as one of her gifts. She loved it! It is so easy to do and really gives a purpose to those broken crayons!

Jess said... [Reply to comment]

that's an awesome idea! thanks Jenn!

Jenn said... [Reply to comment]

Yep, these will be part of our handmade holiday!

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